Genesis 1:26 KJVS
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
“And God said let us , “
Who is us?
Reading Genesis Chapter 1, and Chapter 2, we see that God is the creator, and He formed everything.
Looking at Genesis Chapter 1 verse 26, God said” “Let us create” , and we know that God is the only ONE that creates.
His Word was also there from the beginning.
John 1:1-3 KJVS
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Jesus Christ is the Word, and the Word was with God , and the Word is God, and we can see Jesus letting us know this very fact in John Chapter 14, when speaking to Philip.
John 14:8-11 KJVS
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
Who else was with God, that would make up the “Us” in Genesis Chapter 1:26?
For this , let’s take a look at what happened in the beginning of Genesis Chapter 1.
Genesis 1:1-2 KJVS
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
God created the Heaven , and Earth which was the First World Age in verse 1 , and in verse 2 it says that the Earth was without form, and void , but if you go to the Companions Bible on Page 3 in the note column for verse 2, in the Hebrew it should read the Earth became without form, and without form really means waste. ( tohu va bohu)
The Earth became waste.
That First World Age was destroyed, to usher in this Second World Age that we are living in now, the Age of Salvation.
After the destruction of that First World Age ( 2nd Peter Chapter 3 verses 5 and 6) the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Yes the Holy Spirit was there with the Father, and Son and All three make up our Heavenly Father, the creator.
Going back to Genesis Chapter 1:26 ,God says also after our likeness. Likeness means resemblance, or similitude. Mankind was made to resemble the WHOLE Heavenly Host that were in Heaven at that time, and who were ,and are prepared to enter in this Second World Age to ocuppy the flesh (John Chapter 3.)
Everyone must be born in this Second World Age into this flesh, in order to go back to our Heavenly Father (1st Corinthians 15 verses 36 through 44.) Again this the Age of Salvation.
Staying with Genesis Chapter 1 verse 26, God also said ,” let them (mankind) have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle ,and over all of the earth , and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth “
They who are THEM , are mankind, the Sixth Day Creation.
Let’s move on to the next verse.
Genesis 1:27 KJVS
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
So God created Man in His OWN image.
To understand who this Man is we must go to the book of Colossians.
Colossians 1:15-20 KJVS
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”
By Him, who is the first born of every creature all things were created in Heaven ( Heavenly host) and on earth ( mankind) in which the Heavenly host must come through Second World Age , and be part of .
Born through Women ,to enter into the flesh . (John Chapter 3)
Still with me?
In Christ (who is that Man spoken about in verse 27) ALL fulness dwells, to reconcile all things unto Him, by His blood that needed to be shed upon the cross.
“In the Image of God He created Him”
Who is Jesus Christ .
” And male and female created He them.”
For a really good reason, to reconcile All things unto Him through His Son Jesus Christ who was there from the beginning.
This Second World Age is the Age of Salvation, and mankind, male and female, need that Salvation that is offered through His Son, and His bloodshed upon the cross.
Hebrews 2:9-16 KJVS
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.”
God would come through in the flesh as His only begotten, to taste death for everyone . He took on Him the Seed of Abraham, and If you seen the Son ,you seen the Father and it is His Holy Spirit that dwells within them.
The Seed line to bring forth the Image of God , who is Jesus Christ, is the Seed line that began with another man who is a vessel that had to be formed In Genesis Chapter 2.
In Genesis Chapter 2 , after God rested on the Seventh Day , He created eth – ha adam , who was Adam.
Genesis 2:7 KJVS
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Adam received the Breath of Life , and became a living soul, but we see he lost it, by partaking of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil ( Satan) along with his wife Eve ( Genesis Chapter 3 :6) causing them to be cast away from the Tree of Life who is Christ who was also in the Garden.( Genesis Chapter 3 verses 23 and 24)
So through Adam ( man) we all die but through the Man who is the Image of God ( Christ) we all can put forth our hand and touch Him and be made alive.( 1st Corinthians chapter 15:22, and Romans Chapter 5 verses 12 through 19).
Through that man, who was formed ( eth ha adam ) in Genesis Chapter 2, a Seedline was created with his wife Eve, and that Seed line would lead all the way down to THE eth ha adam which is Christ, Emmanuel ( God with us) who also had to be born of woman, the espoused virgin Mary, to bring all ( Sixth Day creation, and all of the natural Abrahamic Seed line, even Satan’s seed (If they will believe and continue in Christ) unto Salvation.
THEY (Father, Son ,and Holy Spirit) are Him, and He is for us , and after our likeness , He created all to bring into Salvation , whomsoever will.